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Titus 1:15, Of Beliefs and Purity

Here is a passage that should be self-explanatory. More info later…

Titus 1:15

WEB

To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.

NIV

To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.

KJV

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

"To the pure, all things are pure," an interesting find. And I wonder if it coincides with this thought: "to the people who are pure, or strive to be, in all things they strive to find purity."

Healthy organic food, fair trade tea and coffee, unaltered tobacco free of added poisons, and all naturally grown medicines... those pure of heart, those who seek purity of heart, will in turn seek all they ingest to be pure, while not condemning those who live with impurity (for they may very will be ignorant of it, or powerless to do anything about it).

As an analogy, imagine cigarettes. So many people want tobacco (a plant considered very sacred by many!) yet so many people are denied a pure source of tobacco. Instead, it is grown inorganically, chemicals are added, and so on. The vast majority of tobacco consumed in the West is very impure.

There are lots of related scriptures to the one above. For example see the relationship between Haggai 2:11-14, and Jesus who regularly touched the dead and “unclean.”

We also see how the baby will stick his hand in the snakes den and not be harmed.

Similarly we’re told “seek and find,” those who seek good find it, those who seek evil, find it. And what was it Jesus said to search for? God’s kingdom and righteousness, in fact Jesus spoke against those who seek out the specks in others’ eyes.